Regional: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49456-002

The Asian Development Bank is working with the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia to strengthen basic education in the North Pacific. The grant project will support teacher training, new bilingual learning resources and increased community engagement to improve learning outcomes. A key goal is to strengthen the literacy and numeracy standards of students, which are currently low.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Borjegren, Per A.S.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Regional
  • Modality
    • Grant
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
Project Number 49456-002
Country Regional
Micronesia, Federated States of
Marshall Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0535-REG: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.50 million
Grant 0536-REG: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.50 million
Grant 0537-REG: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
Government of Australia US$ 1.80 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Pre-primary and primary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project will improve quality of basic education in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands. The project will improve student learning outcomes through a set of comprehensive and sustained initiatives over 6 years. The project will focus on developing the following output areas: (i) Better prepared teachers in primary education; (ii) Strengthened capacity to use assessment to improve learning (iii) Expanded access and usage of bilingual teaching and learning resources and materials (TLRM) for literacy and numeracy; and (iv) Strengthened governance and management of schools, including parent/community engagement.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Basic education outcomes are weak in the Pacific. Primary students are averaging only 30% of the benchmark in reading, and 48% in mathematics, as measured by a 2012 regional literacy and numeracy assessment. Results are particularly poor in the North Pacific Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and Palau and directly linked to low teacher quality. In FSM and RMI, 17.5% and 38% of teachers, respectively, are underqualified or without the minimally required 2-year associate degree. The two-year JFPR-funded TA 8066-REG: Quality Primary Education in the North Pacific yielded very encouraging and positive results through an alternative bilingual student assessment tool the EGLA in order to consolidate gains and institutionalize and expand reforms further.
Impact Quality of basic education improved in the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Primary education learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Teachers in primary education are better prepared

Capacity to use student assessment to improve learning strengthened

Access to and usage of teaching and learning resources and materials for literacy and numeracy expanded

Educational leadership and management of schools, including parent and community engagement strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Teachers in primary education are better prepared. Quality Pedagoy Framework is finalized and being implemented in RMI fully and starting in FSM.

2. Capacity to use student assessment to improve learning strengthened. Technical consultants being recruited which will initiate this work soon.

3. Access to and usage of TLRM for literacy and numeracy expanded. Technical consultants being recruited which will initiate this work soon.

4. Education leadership and management of schools, including parent and community engagement strengthened. Education leadership trainings being finalized. Multistakeholder engagement workshop was implemented in each country.

Geographical Location Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is mainly a capacity development project and features no infrastructure components. Therefore, there will be no environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is mainly a capacity development project and features no infrastructure components. Therefore, there will be no involuntary resettlement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples The project is mainly a capacity development project and features no infrastructure components. Therefore, there will be minimal impacts on indigenous peoples. The project promotes vernacular language which positively impacts beneficiaries and learning outcomes.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Wide stakeholder communication, participation and consultation is taking place amongst government, universities, parents, community, and civil society in planning and preparing the project.
During Project Implementation Wide stakeholder communication, participation and consultation will continue to take place amongst government, universities, parents, community, and civil society in planning and preparing the project. Full achievement of the objectives and output of the project necessitate close collaboration with all stakeholders.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Refer to the project administration manual (PAM) for the project's consulting services requirement.
Procurement Refer to the project administration manual (PAM) for details of the project's procurement plan.
Responsible ADB Officer Borjegren, Per A.S.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Department of Finance and Administration
PS2, Palikhir
Pohnpei State
Federated States of Micronesia
Ministry of Finance
P.O. Box D, Majuro
MH 96960
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Apr 2016
Fact Finding 31 Jan 2017 to 09 Feb 2017
MRM 24 Mar 2017
Approval 03 Jul 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

Grant 0535-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 05 Oct 2017 31 Jan 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 8.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 6.50 07 Sep 2021 2.17 0.00 33%
Counterpart 2.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Sep 2021 0.81 0.00 12%

Grant 0536-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 10 Jul 2017 31 Jan 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 6.50 07 Sep 2021 4.56 0.00 70%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Sep 2021 1.98 0.00 30%

Grant 0537-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 05 Oct 2017 31 Jan 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 07 Sep 2021 0.00 0.85 47%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 1.80 07 Sep 2021 0.00 0.27 15%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Aug 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (7 July 2017-30 September 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2018-September 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2019-September 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Apr 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Jan 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2018-September 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2020
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (7 July 2017-30 September 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2019
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0535-FSM: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project Grant Agreement Jul 2017
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0537-FSM: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project Grant Agreement Jul 2017
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0536-RMI: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project Grant Agreement Jul 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Project Administration Manual (as of Board Approval) Project/Program Administration Manual Jun 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Jun 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Jun 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Report Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Reports Apr 2016
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Apr 2016

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Active 14 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021
Student Assessment and Development of Teaching and Learning Materials (Literacy Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021
Strengthening and Development of Multi-grade and Multi-level Teaching and Learning in FSM Schools Firm - Consulting Active 31 Aug 2021 29 Sep 2021
Teacher Development Policy and Development of Teaching and Learning Materials (Numeracy Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 20 May 2021 02 Jun 2021
Project Director Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Mar 2021 30 Mar 2021
Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific- RMI IQBE Project Director (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Mar 2021 24 Mar 2021
Enhancing Leadership and Community Development Project Firm - Consulting Closed 21 Dec 2020 08 Feb 2021
Pre-Service Teacher Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Dec 2020 27 Dec 2020
Strengthening Teacher Development and ICT-based Teaching and Learning Firm - Consulting Closed 21 Dec 2020 08 Feb 2021
Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific- RMI IQBE Moodle & Resource Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2020 06 Oct 2020
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Sep 2020 22 Sep 2020
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Dec 2019 23 Dec 2019
RMI PSS IQBE Numeracy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Sep 2019 13 Sep 2019
RMI PSS IQBE Literacy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Sep 2019 13 Sep 2019
RMI IQBE Project Manager (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Sep 2019 23 Sep 2019
National Project Director Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Aug 2019 28 Aug 2019
Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Jul 2019 01 Aug 2019
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Jan 2019 08 Feb 2019
Technical Coordinator - Chuuk Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Oct 2018 15 Nov 2018
Development of Teaching and Learning Materials Including Student Assessment Team Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Jun 2018 15 Jul 2018
RMI IQBE Consulting Team Firm - Consulting Closed 06 Jun 2018 05 Jul 2018
Teacher Policy Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2018 17 Jun 2018
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017
Technical Coordinators (Kosrae, Pohnpei & Yap) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Oct 2017 15 Nov 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Oct 2017 18 Oct 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Oct 2017 18 Oct 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Oct 2017 18 Oct 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Aug 2017 13 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PROJECT DIRECTOR Grant 0535 21 Jun 2021 VISHNU KARKI 399/15 SACHETAN MARGA BANESHWOR KATHMANDU NEPAL Department of Finance and Administration 124604.7
FSM IQBE CONSULTING TEAM TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO FSM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Grant 0535 09 Apr 2019 DEVELOPMENT STRATEGISTS INTL CONSULTING INC 230 GRAND EMERALD TOWER F ORTIGAS COR. GARNET ROAD ORTIGAS CTRE PHILIPPINES Department of Finance and Administration CONSULTANCY 456150.68
FSM IQBE CONSULTING TEAM TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO FSM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Grant 0537 09 Apr 2019 DEVELOPMENT STRATEGISTS INTL CONSULTING INC. 230 GRAND EMERALD TOWER F ORTIGAS COR. GARNET ROAD PHILIPPINES Department of Finance and Administration CONSULTANCY 291637.32